Emma Christopher

Scientia Fellow
Scientia Fellow (Level D)

Emma Christopher’s latest book is called Freedom in White and Black and is the story of the only two men shipped to Australia as convicts for the crime of slave trading, and the enslaved men, women and children rescued from them. She previously published Slave Ship Sailors and their Captive Cargoes (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006) and A Merciless Place (New York / Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011; Sydney: Allen and Unwin, 2010), which won both the Kay Daniels and Ernest Scott prizes. She is the co-editor, with Marcus Rediker and Cassandra Pybus, of Many Middle Passages: Forced Migration and the Making of the Modern World (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007).

Emma is also a documentary filmmaker and is the director, producer and researcher of They Are We, (New York: Icarus Film, 2014) which won five Best Documentary Awards, featured widely in the media, and was chosen as the United Nations’ Remembrance of Slavery film 2015. It has screened in more than 70 countries around the world. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon described the film and Emma’s work as, ‘an inspiration; a victory over slavery’.

She is an anti-slavery campaigner and previously worked at Anti-Slavery Australia at UTS. She has held both four and five year ARC fellowships as well as two other Discovery Grants.

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Publications

Books
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Christopher E, 2018, Freedom in White and Black: a lost story of the illegal slave trade and its global legacy, University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, Wisconsin
2018
Christopher E, 2011, A Merciless Place: The Lost Story of Britain's Convict Disaster in Africa, OUP Oxford
2011
Christopher E, 2011, A Merciless Place The Fate of Britain's Convicts after the American Revolution, Oxford University Press
2011
Christopher E, 2010, A Merciless Place The Lost Story of Britain's Convict Disaster in Africa and How It Led to the Settlement of Australia, Allen & Unwin
2010
Christopher E; Pybus C; Rediker M, 2007, Many Middle Passages Forced Migration and the Making of the Modern World, Univ of California Press
2007
Christopher E, 2006, Slave Ship Sailors and Their Captive Cargoes, 1730-1807, Cambridge University Press
2006
Book Chapters
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Christopher E, 2016, '‘’Tis enough that we give them liberty’?: Liberated Africans at Sierra Leone in the early era of slave trade suppression’', in Huzzey R; Burroughs R (ed.), The Suppression of the Atlantic Slave Trade British Policies, Practices and Representations of Naval Coercion
2016
Christopher E; Maxwell Stewart H, 2015, 'Alternatives to Botany Bay', in Bashford A; MacIntyre S (ed.), The Cambridge History of Australia: Volume 1, Indigenous and Colonial Australia, Cambridge University Press
2015
Christopher E, 2013, 'From Ireland to Africa: the Criminal Career and Punishment of Patrick Madan’', in Fortin J; Meuwese M (ed.), Atlantic Biographies Individuals and Peoples in the Atlantic World, BRILL
2013
Christopher E, 2007, '“’The slave trade is merciful compared to [this]’: Slave Traders, Convict Transportation and the Abolitionists”', in Christopher E; Pybus C; Rediker M (ed.), Many Middle Passages Forced Migration and the Making of the Modern World, Univ of California Press
2007
Christopher E; Pybus C; Rediker M, 2007, 'Introduction: Many Middle Passages', in Many Middle Passages Forced Migration and the Making of the Modern World, Univ of California Press
2007
Christopher E, 2006, '‘Steal a Handkerchief, See the World: the trans-oceanic voyaging of Thomas Limpus’', in Lake M; Curthoys A (ed.), Connected Worlds History in Transnational Perspective, ANU E Press
2006
Journal articles
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Christopher E, 2019, 'The saviour and the revolutionary: Afro-caribbean responses in a Queensland/new Guinea kidnapping case', Slavery and Abolition, vol. 40, pp. 321 - 340, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0144039X.2018.1547506
2019
Christopher E, 2013, 'How Cuban Villagers Learned They Descended from Sierra Leone Slaves', The Atlantic Magazine, https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/04/how-cuban-villagers-learned-they-descended-from-sierra-leone-slaves/275067/
2013
Christopher , 2013, 'Josefa Diago and the Origins of Cuba’s Gangá Traditions', Transition, pp. 133 - 133, http://dx.doi.org/10.2979/transition.111.133
2013
Christopher E, 2011, 'The Murderer and His Victim: Tracing a Lost Convict of the Botany Bay Decision', Life Writing, vol. 8, pp. 35 - 49, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14484528.2011.542362
2011
Moore D; Boelhower W; Goudie SX; Salt KN; Christopher E; Blackhawk N; Rediker M, 2010, 'Colloquy with Marcus Rediker onThe Slave Ship: A Human History', Atlantic Studies, vol. 7, pp. 5 - 45, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14788810903480995
2010
Christopher E, 2009, '‘From the Ballad Singing Monkey to the Cunning Savages: The Voyage to Found a Penal Colony at the Mouth of the Orange River’', South African Historical Journal
2009
Emma Christopher , 2008, 'A “Disgrace to the very Colour”: Perceptions of Blackness and Whiteness in the founding of Sierra Leone and Botany Bay', Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, vol. 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/cch.0.0025
2008
Christopher E, 2004, 'Another head of the hydra?', Atlantic Studies, vol. 1, pp. 145 - 157, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1478881042000278721
2004
Christopher E, 2004, '“’Ten Thousand Times Worse than the Convicts’: Rebellious Sailors, Convict Transportation and the Struggle for Freedom”', Journal of Australian Colonial History, vol. 5, https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=200412106;res=IELAPA
2004
Christopher E, 2001, 'Black Hands in a Black Trade', Times Higher Education Supplement
2001
Other
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Christopher E, 2014, They Are We [Feature Documentary]
2014